Our 2013 - 2014 Season!
Sunday, March 9 2014
Petite Messe Solennelle- Gioacchino Rossini
St. Mark's School, Southborough
with two pianos, harmonium, and soloists:
Soprano: Andrea Matthews
Mezzo-Soprano: Krista River
Tenor: Charles Blandy
Baritone: Thomas Jones
Pianists: Judy Yauckoes and Mark Bartlett
Harmononium: Kevin Galie', J.D., M.M.
AVM will perform the original 1863 version for two pianos, harmonium, chorus, and soloists. Rossini devised this work for the intimate setting of a small chapel in a private home. As his last major composition, it is eclectic in style from Renaissance polyphony to Romantic Art Song. Illustrative of his well-known humor, it contains numerous cliches and parodies aided by the unique sound of the harmonium. Neither "Petite" nor "Solennelle," the title itself is perhaps another example of Rossini's wit.
Handel & Gjeilo: Brilliance in Youth
Friday, May 16 2014
Sunrise: Symphonic Mass -Ola Gjeilo
With string orchestra.
Saint Luke the Evangelist Church
70 W. Main Street, Westborough
Written in 2008 and premiered in Oslo that November, this spiritually uplifting work is neither expressly sacred nor secular. It uses the traditional ancient texts even though the titles of the movements are in English: I. The Spheres (Kyrie); II. Sunrise (Gloria); III. The City (Credo); IV. Identity & The Ground (Sanctus). Ola Gjeilo is a young Norwegian composer who moved to New York in 2001 and has been an instant hit with his haunting and expressive choral settings.
Written three centuries earlier than Sunrise, Handel's Dixit Dominus presents a bright contrast with the music of Gjeilo. The brilliance, intensity, energy and dramatic flair of the Baroque operatic movement are very evident in this work, when Handel was only 22. The contrast in youthful perspective between this work and Sunrise (written when Gjeilo was 29) could not be greater.